Q: Do you know when the next series of "The Blacklist" will be airing? Also do you think this will be the last season? It's kind of lost its edge for me.

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

"The Blacklist" returns from its winter hiatus in March, but what happens after that, we don't know.

There's been no word yet on a renewal for what would be the show's eighth season. We don't even know for sure how long the current season will be.

The seventh-season renewal came last March, but there was no official release of an episode count. Given that the midseason break came after the 10th episode, it seems likely the show will get a full order (that is, 22 episodes), as it has since its beginning back in 2013.

However, your question raises the specter that always stalks shows at around this point in their lifespans: fan fatigue. The show has aired nearly 150 episodes, with so many twists, turns and rug pulls along the way that there's always a chance fans will either stop caring about the central mystery or give up hope that they'll get an answer. In a serialized story like this one, that's the kiss of death.

On "The Blacklist," the central mystery is the true identity of Raymond Reddington (played by James Spader). The show's writers have been surprisingly honest in saying that fans shouldn't expect to find out anytime soon.

"Are we going to answer it immediately? Absolutely not," creator Jon Bokenkamp said in an interview with The Wrap.

Executive producer and writer John Eisendrath hinted at the show's plans for that reveal but wasn't any more precise about it. "I think it's safe to say you'll get an answer as to who Raymond Reddington is whenever NBC tells us we will be ending the series."


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